Apple does not let filmmakers show villains using iPhones on camera, movie director Rian Johnson said in a new interview with Vanity Fair.
“Apple, they let you use iPhones in movies, but—and this is very pivotal if you’re ever watching a mystery movie—bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera,” Johnson said. Johnson said he was reluctant to reveal that tidbit “because it’s going to screw me on the next mystery movie that I write,” but he added, “forget it, I’ll say it. It’s very interesting.”
Every single filmmaker that has a bad guy in their movie that’s supposed to be a secret wants to murder me right now,” Johnson said. He made the comment while talking about a scene from his mystery film Knives Out.
Bergmayer said he doubts that “merely having a bad guy driving a car or using a phone” could be considered tarnishment of a trademark.
He also noted that Apple could merely be restricting how movie studios use products that are given to them by Apple. “If Apple just puts strings on the use of free stuff they give to production houses, I don’t think I care in the least,” Bergmayer said.